Mill Isle, Ireland

From Mill Isle, Ireland, a tradiional monochrome photographic artist specialises in abstract realism and the interplay of light and...

An eye for a Picture #3 *Content*


The scope of photography is vast, many sectors, even greater segments, indeed myriad subject matter. One thing in life I have learned is don’t try to be all things to all men, but rather understand where you are best placed, or can provide a unique slant or insight; therefore you become specific, and start being a specialist.

That specialism process will start by divergence, and finish up with convergence. Firstly we go out wide to gather (diverge) and we cover a lot of ground subject wise, experimenting and gaining experience and gathering information.

We will then through this process find out what we like and can contribute and can comment on, and eventually will lead us to concentrate on a set area or dimension (convergence).

Content is as much to do with substance as it is to with satisfaction and these twin goals should be what drives us to become a specialist on a particular of study.

Content is equally as important to composition for it provides the interest element which will draw attention of the viewer; it is the narrative aspect whilst composition is the aesthetic balance; and the artist emerges from within the photographer when he or she can fuse the seamless connectivity of the two dimensions into a singular identity.

“As the result of a constant reciprocal process, both these worlds come to form a single one. And it is this world that we must communicate. But this takes care only of the content of the picture. For me, content cannot be separated from form” ~ Henri Cartier Bresson

“You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you; you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it. And a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes” ~ Ernst Haas

“A good photograph, like a good painting, speaks with a loud voice and demands time and attention if it is to be fully perceived. An art lover is perfectly willing to hang a painting on a wall for years on end, but ask him to study a single photograph for ten unbroken minutes and he’ll think it’s a waste of time. Staying power is difficult to build into a photograph. Mostly, it takes content. A good photograph can penetrate the subconscious – but only if it is allowed to speak for however much time it needs to get there”. ~ Ralph Gibson


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